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Have you ever wondered why your favorite movie star gave a specific answer on the red carpet, what the rationale was behind that politician admitting his affair or how an upstart company gained immense popularity overnight? Most likely, a public relations professional deserves some of the credit.

Public relations (PR for short) centers around maintaining the public image of businesses, organizations and individuals. In even simpler terms, public relations execs are responsible for making their client look good at all costs and, in the off chance there is a slip up, cleaning up the mess as quickly as possible. Public relations majors take a variety of classes including journalism, marketing, advertising, business, communications and sociology, all of which prepare students for the rigors of this particular career. There’s a definite need for members in this field – the Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 24 percent from 2008 to 2018 – and with the right education, you could be one of them. The only thing holding you back? Paying for school.

A number of schools like the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Florida offer public relations scholarships specifically to their majors but looking beyond campus can yield even more public relations scholarship opportunities. Both the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) give generously to their members, as do public relations firms like Fleishman-Hillard, which also has an internship program. We’ve pulled several public relations scholarships from the Scholarships.com database for you but to find even more scholarship awards for which you qualify, conduct a free scholarship search. It’s worth it!

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:/HTMLCHUNK_4/ - Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment - Be a United States citizen - Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis Application forms are only available through the high schools in the [...] More

Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
As an expression of gratitude to Dr. Alma S. Adams for giving six years of dedicated service and leadership on its Board of Directors, the American Legacy Foundation has established a scholarship fund in her honor. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among Priority Populations will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two [...] More

Bethesda Lutheran Communities Scholarship for College Students
Application Deadlines: April 17, Annually
Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers two $3,000 scholarships to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any area of service to people with developmental disabilities./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Eligible candidates are active, communicant members of a Lutheran church, are classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior status at a college or university (not necessarily a Lutheran college), have [...] More

TELACU Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Each year, the TELACU Education Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to students in California, Texas, Illinois and New York. To apply for a scholarship, download the application from our website and return it, with required attachments, to the office indicated on the application./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Minimum eligibility requirements: - Must be a low income, first generation college student - [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Students
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Graduate student applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the online application will be considered for The LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $5,000:/HTMLCHUNK_4/ - Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident - Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native [...] More

Legacy Environmental Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 03, Annually
Legacy, Inc., Partners in Environmental Education, is a not-for-profit organization working to create environmentally responsible citizens through balanced, fact-based education that considers diverse environmental views. The organization operates through a grassroots partnership network to develop and disseminate balanced environmental information./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Legacy's Scholarship Program [...] More

Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Please read fully, and do not send postal mail, use our web form at the website for asking for more information and getting a quicker answer. Also, please review other scholarships we have on our website./HTMLCHUNK_4/ The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star [...] More

Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: March 07, Annually
Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) is an organization comprised of men and women who work in the field of public relations for-profit and not-for-profit industries, or in an academic or hospital/medical environment. Each year, PRPLI awards up to two $1,000 scholarships for which we encourage you to apply./HTMLCHUNK_4/ This scholarship is open to full-time college juniors, [...] More

CSPJ Foundation Bob Eddy Scholarship Program to Foster Journalism Careers
Application Deadlines: April 04, Annually
Sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Inc., the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program offers one $2,500 award, one $1,500 award, one $1,000 award and two $500 awards./HTMLCHUNK_4/ To apply for the scholarship students must: - Be start their college junior or senior year in the fall - Attend a four-year accredited college in Connecticut or be a Connecticut resident [...] More

ABA Diversity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The ABA Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally under-represented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the [...] More

ABA Academic Merit Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Academic Merit Scholarship is open to both ABA and non-ABA Members. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ To be eligible, candidates will have completed, at a minimum, their first year of an accredited university (4-year university/college or junior college); must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel and tourism industry; must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or [...] More

Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in public relations who would be able to fulfill a paid summer internship at the company’s New York City headquarters./HTMLCHUNK_4/ An applicant must be majoring or (for high school seniors) declaring a major in a communications-related field, including but not limited to advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, [...] More

Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship
Application Deadlines: February 20, Annually
The Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program provides financial assistance to students with financial need who are enrolled in graduate programs in public affairs, public service or public administration. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must: - be Texas residents - show financial need - be enrolled as graduate students in public affairs, public service or public [...] More

Knowlton Operator's Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Knowlton Operator's Scholarship is awarded to operators for training when budgetary constraints eliminate the opportunity for some to attend training for certification, advancement or professional development./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Applicants must reside or attend a college/university in New England to qualify for these scholarships. For further information, please contact Jeanine Plummer, [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
The LAGRANT Foundation annually provides 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Undergraduate (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY!) applicants meeting the following criteria and completing the online [...] More

New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards scholarships annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications. /HTMLCHUNK_4/ Awards are for use in the upcoming academic year. Eligibility - High school seniors who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT or PA, attend a high school in one of [...] More

Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards the Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications./HTMLCHUNK_4/ Each is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career [...] More

Ashland University/John M. Ashbrook Scholar Program
Application Deadlines: Varies
The purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar program is to broaden and deepen a student's thinking about public affairs and American politics, in particular. Through a top-rated and rigorous academic program embedded in the liberal arts tradition, Ashbrook Scholars are challenged to examine political ideas in the light of some of the greatest works of Western Civilization and the American political [...] More

Stoody-West Graduate Fellowship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The purpose of the Stoody-West Fellowship is to enhance the recipient's professional competence and thereby help to perpetuate the standards exemplified by Ralph Stoody and Arthur West. Religious journalism is interpreted to include news writing for secular press, church press and for church institutions. The committee will consider appropriate news and journalism forms, including electronic and [...] More

Hoods Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
This scholarship is sponsored by individual donors and administered by EDSF./HTMLCHUNK_4/ To apply for this scholarship, complete the application "Document Management and Graphic Communications Industry Scholarships" found on our website. EDSF scholarships are awarded to full-time students who are committed to pursuing a career in the document management and graphic communications marketplace. [...] More

MGMA Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
To be eligible for the Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice [...] More

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